Special treat at theatre show

SPECIAL EFFECTS: Ian Rigby (left) from Artistic Solutions with Paul Thompson from Hartlepool Footlight Youth Theatre

SPECIAL EFFECTS: Ian Rigby (left) from Artistic Solutions with Paul Thompson from Hartlepool Footlight Youth Theatre

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SPECIAL effects more akin to the Olympics opening ceremony and television’s X Factor are set to wow audiences at a youth theatre’s latest production.

Hartlepool Footlight Youth Theatre has joined forces with newly-formed Artistic Solutions, which specialises in providing technical support to the arts, ahead of its forthcoming show called Colours of the World.

The show, which is to be staged at Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre on October 10 and 11, is a celebration of music, song and dance from around the world and includes a rousing patriotic tribute to Team GB and Paralympics GB to reflect the UK’s successful hosting of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Artistic Solutions, which is run by Hartlepool man Daniel Brobbel and Ian Rigby from Richmond in North Yorkshire, is supplying pyrotechnics that will shoot out jets of golden-coloured sparks – to reflect the Olympic theme.

It will also be supplying large confetti airbursts, metallic streamers that shoot up from the floor and a range of high-tech automated lighting.

Theatre founder Paul Thompson said: “We are delighted to be working with Artistic Solutions and their expertise – combined with the artistic talent of our young performers - is set to make both performances of Colours of the World occasions to remember.

“We hope people will come along and enjoy the shows which promise to be lively, fun events.”

Tickets are £7 and £8 and they can be obtained by calling (01429) 890000 or from Hartlepool Tourist Information Centre in Church Square.

Mr Brobbel who previously worked with Mr Rigby at Darlington Civic Theatre and Arts Centre, said: “I have known Paul Thompson for a number of years and I am delighted to be working with him on Hartlepool Footlight Youth Theatre’s latest production. We’d also be happy to talk to other theatre and arts groups about how we can help them.

“People might watch television shows like the X Factor and think that the cost of lighting and other special effects must be very high, but we are able to offer affordable fully-serviced design, installation and operational packages.”

The Hartlepool Footlight Youth Theatre is a non-profit making organisation with registered charity status that provides opportunities for young people aged four to 21 to participate in all forms of performing arts.

It is currently running a free one-week trial initiative for prospective new members who also receive a branded water bottle as part of the offer.

Anyone interested in joining can get more information at www.hfyt.co.uk or by telephoning (01429) 867060.